{Review} Blackout by Tim Curran
by Tim Curran Also by this author: Deadlock, , , Published by Darkfuse on August 19th 2014 Genres: Apocalyptic, Extreme Horror, Horror, Sci-Fi Pages:... {Review} Blackout by Tim Curran
by Tim Curran
Also by this author: Deadlock, , ,
Published by Darkfuse on August 19th 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic, Extreme Horror, Horror, Sci-Fi
Pages: 95
Format: eARC
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The following is based on an eARC made available by DarkFuse Publishing through NetGalley.

At about the halfway point of Tim Curran’s soon to be released novella, I found myself wondering what goes on in this author’s head. Specifically: What makes him tick? How does he come by his ideas? And whether he keeps himself awake at night thinking up the horrors that he inflicts upon his readers? But by the end of the read, I’d decided I really didn’t want to know.

Such is the scope and impact of the visceral horror Curran presents in Blackout.

Clocking in at a short 95 pages, Blackout is just about the perfect horror novella. It opens quickly, builds a sense of the world in which it is set, and then proceeds to take savage joy in utterly destroying that world in truly incredible and imaginative ways. In essence, Blackout tells the story of middle-aged Jon and his neighbours as they attempt to survive a sudden attack by things that initially remain hidden following a blackout at night. Curran spends a little time building a creeping sense of dread, before he sets an array of horrors onto his cast of just developed-enough characters in increasingly grotesque and gore-soaked fashion. Believe me when I say tentacles falling from the sky – as described in the blurb – barely scratches the surface of what Curran has in store for his readers here.

In this instance, Curran’s writing is razor sharp. Those who have complained that he is too literary and over-descriptive in his longer works have nothing to fear here, as virtually every word powerfully conveys what protagonist Jon and his allies are going through.

Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Mist, perfectly paced, and incredibly imaginative, Blackout is apocalyptic horror at its very finest, with an ending that also manages to be cleverly thought-provoking.

Highest possible recommendation.

5 Constricting Tentacles for Blackout.

About Tim Curran

Tim Curran hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He is the author of the novels Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, Hag Night, The Devil Next Door, Long Black Coffin, Graveworm, and Biohazard. His short stories have been collected in Bone Marrow Stew and Zombie Pulp. His novellas include Fear Me, The Underdwelling, The Corpse King, Puppet Graveyard, Sow, and Worm. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Flesh&Blood, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman, as well as anthologies such as Flesh Feast, Shivers IV, High Seas Cthulhu, and Vile Things.


A long time lover of horror fiction and film and "for fun" writer of the same, I enjoy reviewing what I consume, forever seeking the next high that comes with discovering the next great read.

  • Char

    June 13, 2014 #1 Author

    Dude! I could not possibly agree more!


  • Paul

    June 14, 2014 #2 Author

    That means we’re 2 from 2 here at HAD. Waiting for Nikki and co to weigh in …


    • Nikki

      June 18, 2014 #3 Author

      I am hoarding my Curran titles, but I may have to boost it up. Do you really want me to break the hot streak? I don’t thinks so 😉


  • Richard Benson

    July 11, 2014 #4 Author

    Oooh, this sounds brilliantly creepy. You had me at the title, “Blackout,” plus creating something malicious out of something mundane that we take for granted is exactly the thing that gets me the most. Definitely keeping an eye out for this one.


  • Paul

    July 13, 2014 #5 Author

    Thanks for the reply, Richard. And hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.


  • Lynnea David

    July 16, 2014 #6 Author

    By the sound of Richard’s comment, I find this novel to be pretty interesting. now I really want to get my hands on this.


  • Glenn

    February 8, 2015 #7 Author

    I totally stopped reading this book. It just didn’t grab me. I must have stopped to soon? I’ll have to give it another chance.. Thanks for the review.


    • Paul

      March 2, 2015 #8 Author

      That’s a shame., Glenn. But I guess it proves we all have different tastes. Hope you enjoy your next Curran read instead.


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